Responsible Operation of a Vessel

Safe Speed, Lookouts and Lifejackets

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1. What must you do if you have followed all the navigation rules and a collision is still imminent?

Contact law enforcement
Fire a flare directly overhead
Make small changes in course and speed
Whatever is necessary to avoid the collision

2. As the operator of a vessel, for whom are you responsible?

All inexperienced boaters who are passengers on your vessel
Anyone who may be affected by your vessels action, course and wake
Everyone who is boating on the same waterway
Only the people who are passengers on your vessel

3. When operating a vessel near other vessels or when entering a congested area, why should you watch your wake?

It may be used to estimate vessel speed
It may cause personal injury or damage
It should not be more than three inches high
It can be used to judge clearance from other vessels

4. Why should boaters slow down while passing recreational fishing vessels?

Motor noise may scare away the fish
Motor noise may disturb anglers
The wake may scare away the fish
The wake may cause injury or damage

5. What factor should be considered in determining a safe speed?

The amount of fuel
The state of the visibility
The maximum speed of the vessel
The number of passengers

6. Maintaining a proper lookout using human sight and hearing applies to vessels under what circumstances?

Commercial vessels that lack radar
All vessels at all hours
All vessels during times of poor visibility
Private vessels when acting as commercial vessels

7. The responsibility for maintaining a proper lookout on a vessel underway applies to vessels during what times?

The hour before dawn
The hour after dusk
Sunrise to sunset
At all times

8. Bonus Question. Which of the following is the correct requirement for each person’s life jackets on board a vessel?

Orange and bulky
Coast Guard-approved
Unexpired labels
Only worn when danger occurs